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If You’re Looking for Some Good Entertainment


Sit down and watch a presidential debate with teenagers. Yes, really.

This happened here at the house last night. For a brief, yet refreshing, period of time the heaviness of the issues in our country and the ugliness of the election were replaced by a fairly enjoyable series of witty comments and unfiltered reactions.

The kids’ laughs and their takes on what was an otherwise brutal nonstop attacking of character by both men made this nearly unwatchable event not only watchable but, yes, actually entertaining.

Now, hopefully they really will see past the petty arguing on the screen and continue to educate themselves on the issues. Politics can be a pretty ugly thing, but democracy is still so important. It was nice to see them take an interest in the latter, while taking the former for what it is and choosing to not get dragged down by it.

Cruisin’ California – Part 2

(A blog series on the adventures my wife and I enjoyed during our honeymoon.)

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We woke up for the second day of our journey through California, feeling energized and ready to explore the coastline. First things first – breakfast. Enjoyed a good (free) meal at the hotel; we particularly enjoyed the variety of fruits and nuts available to make the morning yogurt quite a treat!

Off we went. As we made our way toward the ocean, we passed through a charming little town called Half Moon Bay. Half Wild West, half boutique is the best way I can describe the town. We loved it. My wife said she could live there, for sure. (This was just the beginning of our proclamations of potential future residency at the many towns and places we visited, during our trip.)

From there, we “officially” started the journey south, down Highway 1. It didn’t take long for us to find an amazing view – and for us to pull over to stop and stare at it.
This place was cool, and because random adventures are always a good thing, we (well, I) decided that climbing down the (very) steep and tall ravine to get down to the beach was a good idea.

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Other than the fact that you needed a rope to keep you from sliding down the ravine at some points, it was a totally relaxing walk down to the sand. That dripping sound you hear is the sarcasm, rolling off of that last sentence. It was quite a descent.

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After we made it down there, we saw another couple going through the same “discussion” halfway down, as to whether or not it was worth it to keep going. They opted against it. I told my wife I was proud of her for rocking it out and making it all the way. 🙂

One thing to point out about the first half of this trip is that the winds were rather strong. By that I mean, 25 mph sustained winds at times. It was crazy windy out there! The upside of that – huge waves, and some cool photos we wouldn’t have been able to get if it had been calm out there those days.

One of the best examples of that was our stop at Bean Hollow State Beach, a little turnoff just off of Highway 1. I really liked all of the jagged rocks out there and we found some other interesting looking ones while walking along the shore. As for the waves…oh, man they were amazing. What a great show. Free entertainment…so cool. Check out the slideshow, below!

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We made our way to Santa Cruz that afternoon…

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…and hit the wharf for some lunch with a view at Riva Fish House. It…was…delicious. Check out these fish tacos, and also the fried zucchini.

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Never had the latter before, but am going to try to make it at home sometime. Meanwhile the fish was super tasty and the aioli was a nice touch, on the side. California was definitely living up to its reputation as the place to be for good fish tacos.

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Said hello to a few sea otters, or seals, or whatever these guys were, hanging out by the pier. From there, it was off to Capitola, just down the road, where we stayed that night.

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Our lodging for the evening was the Monarch Cove Inn. Cozy little bed and breakfast, with individual little buildings and rental units and some nice views of the Pacific. The town itself was a memorable sight, as seen (below) during our walk down from the B&B that evening. Only 84 steps down the hill to get there – and we didn’t even need ropes to climb down this time, haha.

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It was a great day.

Don’t miss part three of this special series, featuring spectacular sights and scenes from 17-Mile Drive, a stop at one of the world’s most famous golf courses and an evening in Carmel. Much more to come!

kaleidoscope: an a cappella experience

Hey Peoria! Here’s something for you to enjoy this weekend.

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Acaharmodies! brings together vocal talents from all over central Illinois to create a unique a capella sound. The group combines refined harmonies with elegant melodies to make beautiful music. Their experienced voices perform both religious and secular classics, offering a wide range of entertainment.

From their event description:

This charity concert is going to be the most extensive multi-genre show we’ve performed yet! You’ll hear opera, classical, vocal jazz, R&B, secular night club music, barbershop, and many more ALL through the vein of a capella!

The best part of this show is that the artists will be donating a big portion of the proceeds to Dream Center Peoria’s ‘Freedom Arts Project’ which is about to kick off its fall semester.

Freedom Arts Project aims to change the community by teaching young people lessons in the arts in a safe environment. Junior and senior high students participate one night a week in an 8-week course. The classes encourage young people, who otherwise would be unable to attend art classes, to pursue old and new passions in the arts.

It’s a winning combination this weekend at DCP. You’ll be helping a great program, while enjoying some talented performers.

You have two chances to see the show. Friday, August 19th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 21st at 2:30 p.m.

Be sure to check it out. Thank you for supporting the arts!